I did a tea review here earlier in the year, and have since been wanting to do another! So when Plum Deluxe contacted me about a possible review, I said yes and I knew it would be perfect to work into this post.
First, a little bit about Plum Deluxe:
Hand-blended in small batches at our studio in Portland, Oregon, Plum Deluxe’s line of signature loose leaf teas will help you to slow down for a mindful moment and enjoy the luxurious feeling of a cup of tea, perfect for a warm exchange with friends and family or a few quiet minutes of reflection in solitude. All of our tea blends are organic, non-gmo, and free of chemicals and sulfites – we support local and USA farmers wherever possible and run an active philanthropy program. Our company was founded by entrepreneur Andy Hayes as a tribute to his mother, who lost a brave 6-year battle with breast cancer but never forgot to enjoy “the little things” in life.
Plum Deluxe sent me 2 different teas to try, and I have to say I have mixed feelings about them. First, let me just say that while I love tea, I don’t love all teas. I can’t stand rooibos, and I don’t really like chai, so I’m slightly picky.
I loved their Gratitude Blend. At first strawberry + earl grey seemed like a slightly different/weird combination, but I loved the taste of it! I really liked the fruity taste of the strawberries mixed with this rich earl grey.
What Plum Deluxe is known best for is their Tea of the Month club. Who wouldn’t want to have a box of tea arrive in their mailbox every month?? That sounds perfect. You can subscribe to the box for $10/month and receive 1 oz of a custom seasonally-perfect artisan loose leaf tea made just for the club. Subscribers also enjoy access to a robust and supportive private tea lover’s community, tea-inspired recipes, discounts/free shipping on extra teas and supplies, and other surprises.
So there you have it- I’m about to go make another cup of the Gratitude blend right now, and while I didn’t love the Reading Nook blend, it’s just a matter of preference, it could be your favorite!
You can download the pattern for the windows, doors, etc on DecoArt’s website here.
- Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon, Relic, and Yesteryear,
- Americana® Acrylics in Lamp Black, Leaf Green, Naphthol Red, Navy Blue, Snow White
- DuraClear Matte Varnish (DS60)
- water container
- palette or plastic plate
- paper towels
- painter’s tape
- paint brushes
NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.
1. Create a custom color (a medium grey) by mixing both containers of Yesteryear and Relic together into a container. Stir well until completely mixed.
3. Paint the wooden drawer handles in Carbon using a 1/4″ flat brush. (If using metal handles, paint using Black Tie.)
4. Following the pattern, sketch the windows underneath all of the handles except the one on the bottom drawer. Paint the windows in Snow White. Let dry. Once dry, outline in Navy Blue.
5. On the bottom dresser drawer, there will be one door and one window. Use a pencil to lightly sketch on the door, using the pattern as a guide. Paint in Naphthol Red; let dry and outline in Lamp Black once dry.
6. Use the pattern as a guide to sketch on extra features in the windows, such as curtains, railings, and hanging baskets. Paint them in Lamp Black and desired colors.
7. Using the pattern, sketch on the bicycle and bushes onto the bottom drawer. Paint the bicycle in Lamp Black with a #1 round brush and the bushes in Leaf Green.
8. Use painter’s tape to tape off the top of the dresser and the bottom 6″ of the dresser. Paint both sections with two coats of Naphthol Red.
9. Apply a coat of DuraClear Matte Varnish to all painted surfaces.
10. Once dry, put all of the drawers back in the dresser.
On the wall next to it is my Pegboard Organizer, which I love. You can find the tutorial for that here.
Have you ever thought about putting a dresser in your kitchen? It actually comes in really handy for extra storage and I have 2 drawers for nothing but tea. I love tea.
- Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating
- Americana Acrylics Grey Storm
- 1.5″ Paint Brush
- Newspaper or Tarp to paint on
- Chalk Marker
- Pegboard Hooks
1. Place your pegboard on newspaper or a tarp, so that any paint that drips through the holes are easy to clean up. Using a 1.5″ paint brush, paint your pegboard with Grey Storm.
I love the clear chalkboard coating, it makes me want to turn everything into chalkboards. I’m not even kidding, I painted my desk surface with it.
Don’t you just love pegboards? What would you hang up on your pegboard?
- Medium Wooden Box (I used one a recipe box by Walnut Hollow)
- Gloss Decou-Page
- Americana® Multi-Surface Acrylics in
- Black Tie
- Cotton Ball
- Gold (Metallic)
- Pink Tropics
- Glamour Dust™ Sprinkle-On Glitter Gold
- water container
- palette or plastic plate
- paper towels
- transfer paper
Here is my heart pattern. Just right click the picture to save it and print it out.
1. Print off and cut out the heart pattern. Using a pencil and the transfer paper, transfer the heart onto the top of the box.
2. Use a 1″ flat brush and Gold (Metallic) to paint the box. (Leave the heart and lid edge unpainted.)
5. Paint in the heart with a #4 round brush. Paint the lightest color mix onto the left side of the heart. Paint the darker mixes onto the right side. (Refer to the final photo for color placement.)
8. Open the box and paint the inside edges with Pink Tropics.
10. Place the photos inside of the box.
There you have it! I’m so pleased with how this little box came out, and I love how it holds special pictures!
What color would you paint the heart? You’re not limited to just pink!
- Mini Crates by Walnut Hollow
- 1″ Foam Brush
- Chalkboard Paint by DecoArt
- Clear Chalkboard Coating by DecoArt
- Deacoupage by DecoArt
- Black Acrylic Paint by DecoArt
- Pass the Tissue Papers by Hazel and Ruby
- Cookies (optional)
You can find these amazing Mini Crates here.
*This is a sponsored post by Walnut Hollow. I was compensated for this tutorial, but all opinions are my own.
Time for some crackle! Go over the outside of the crate with the One Step Crackle medium. I found that the thicker I applied it, the larger the crackles, and the thinner, the smaller the crackles.
Let them dry fully.
Now you’ll want to apply the Gel Stain over top so that you can see the crackles better. I squirted on a small blob, and then rubbed it into the crackles with a baby wipe.
After that is dry, you’re done! I am loving this technique, having crackled DIY Decor Tape is really cool, in my opinion.
Thanks for stopping by!
Do you like vintage coke crates??
Supplies: Canvas Shoes, Pencil, Paint Brush, Deco Art SoSoft Fabric Paint
1. Start by using a pencil and sketching out rows onto the front section of your canvas shoes. You want to sketch it pretty light, but dark enough that you can see it to use as a guide.
2. Come up with some pattern ideas. I searched “Tribal patterns” on pinterest and google images and came up with a few designs I liked.
Use your pencil to lightly sketch your design onto the first row on your shoe. Fill in the design using a small paint brush and Deco Art fabric paint.
3. Repeat your design horizontally along your row on both shoes so that they match.
4. Continue sketching different designs and filling them in with paint until you have the entire front section of your shoe covered. I also painted a black line around the front section of my shoe to give it a more finished look.
I love painting canvas shoes. Do you like to customize your shoes? Deco Art’s SoSoft Fabric Acrylics are the perfect fabric paint to use on canvas shoes.